The Painkiller and Constipation Connection
Without proper planning, it is not a question of if, but rather when, you will become constipated when your pain management regimen includes opioid or narcotic pain medication. If you are taking these medications regularly or considering incorporating them as part of a treatment plan, consider discussing a constipation prevention or bowel regimen with your doctor.
In addition to constipation, pain medications can lead to other side effects related to your gastrointestinal (GI) system such as bloating, feelings of being full after eating only small amounts of food, and even more pain, sometimes referred to as “narcotic bowel syndrome.”
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